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Monday 20 August 2018

Ronaldo 'happy' with Real

Madrid's goal king dismisses Reds link saying his future's at Bernabeu

Alvaro Morata. Picture credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Alvaro Morata. Picture credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Cristiano Ronaldo has attempted to play down rumours that he will be making a triumphant return to Manchester United, claiming that his "future is at Real Madrid".

The mercurial Portuguese winger has been strongly linked with a return to United, where he enjoyed six glorious years between 2003 and 2009.

Ronaldo eventually left United to join Real in a then-world record £80m deal in July 2009. He has since scored an incredible 264 goals in 254 matches in all competitions for the Spanish giants, including his four in the 5-1 victory over Elche on Tuesday night.

"It's all speculation, speaking about my future … My future is Madrid. I'm happy," he told reporters.

The season is going well and I'm not talking about my future, it doesn't make sense."

 

United fans will be taking the Ronaldo's comments that he's happy at the Bernabeu with a pinch of salt as it's the same line that he rattled out to reporters when he was a Red Devils star on Real's radar.

Ronaldo had been previously quoted speaking of his desire to play for United "one day", with further reports claiming that he is upset at Real because he is no longer the highest paid player in the world.

A move back to United, however, would change that and for Louis van Gaal, it would represent the cherry on the top of his own 'Galactico' spending policy. It won't be lost on the former Netherlands manager that Ronaldo scored his 25th hat-trick for Real against Elche.

Three days after netting three in an 8-2 victory away to Deportivo La Coruna, the current holder of the FIFA Ballon d'Or award remarkably went one better at the Bernabeu for Carlo Ancelotti's team.

Edu Albacar had briefly put Elche in front, with a 15th-minute penalty after Ronaldo fouled Pedro Mosquera, but that only stirred Real and their early offender into action.

HAUL

Gareth Bale scored Real's equaliser after 20 minutes before Ronaldo took over, burying penalties for his first and third goals, either side of heading home a Marcelo cross from the left for his second.

A measured pass from Bale gave Ronaldo shooting space for his fourth in second-half stoppage time, with the ragged Elche defence parting to allow the Portuguese forward an absurd level of freedom.

Ronaldo's staggering haul of trebles has come in little over five years, after he joined from Manchester United in summer 2009, and with 21 trebles in the Primera Division alone he stands just one behind club record holder Alfredo Di Stefano.

"I've managed to get four a few times before but this is all down to the team. Things are going for me and it is down to my team-mates who help me a lot," Ronaldo said.

"It was a good game for us. We started poorly, I gave away a penalty, but we responded well with two quick goals," added the Portuguese.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said his decision to play Keylor Navas over Iker Casillas had nothing to do with the jeers Casillas had received from some sections of Madrid's fans during the previous two home games.

Ancelotti did not say who would start in goal for Saturday's match at Villarreal."On Saturday we will see who plays at Villarreal," he said.

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